Croquet Club look for new recruits

Club captain John Hurd receives the Short Lawn Shield from Anne Giraud, Yorkshire Federation chairperson
Club captain John Hurd receives the Short Lawn Shield from Anne Giraud, Yorkshire Federation chairperson
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AFTER a successful 2012 Ryedale SC Croquet Club are looking to boost their numbers.

The club, which plays at Ryedale Sports Club, Thornton Road, Pickering, developed a new third short lawn, won a trophy and joined the town’s celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the castle grounds.

Action from the Ryedale SC Croquet Club's Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the Pickering Castle grounds

Action from the Ryedale SC Croquet Club's Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the Pickering Castle grounds

Lots of organisations had stands and displays at the Jubilee event, Ryedale Croquet set up a croquet lawn with eight members there to give displays and instructions in a very interesting and enjoyable day.

Club chairman John Hurd said: “We play in the Yorkshire League with three teams competing in both long and short croquet and the newer game of golf croquet. In 2012, we won the Short Lawn League Shield for the third time, having also won in 2007 and 2010.

“We start playing again at Ryedale Sports Club on Thornton Road, Pickering on Monday April 1 at 2pm, everyone is welcome.

“Mondays are our practice days for both association and golf croquet, when instructions to new players are given.”

He added: “Equipment is available, all that is required is a pair of trainers or flat shoes. On Tuesdays at 2pm we practise association croquet only, but new members are welcome. Then on Wednesdays at 2pm it is golf croquet, again anyone is welcome.

“This is a game for all ages and abilities. It is good exercise for both mind and body.

“Golf croquet is a more sociable game than Association as it can be played by two or four people. Please come along and join us.”

Costs are very reasonable at £1 green fees per session and annual membership of Ryedale Sports Club (which lets you also play other sports) of £35. You get three weeks trial before the annual membership fees are payable.

Hurd continued: “You may ask ‘What is croquet?’ It is a ball game in which you strike the ball with a mallet, the object being to get the ball through a series of metal hoops.”

Golf croquet is a simple game played by either two or four people, the object is to run the ball through a hoop to score a point, the first player to score 13 is the winner.

There are four coloured balls, each player selects a colour, the players then take turns to strike their ball, to run a hoop or get into position to do so, on their next turn. This is a more social game than association croquet as all are on the court together.

Association Croquet is a more competitive game played as singles or doubles.

Again the object is to run hoops, however only one player is on the court at a time.

A player’s turn continues as long as they manage to run the hoops this can be done by playing off other colours to get good position on the next hoop.

When a hoop is missed, the next player takes over. This continues until one player has run all the hoops.

For anyone wanting to give croquet a try come along to Ryedale SC.

Days of play are:

Mondays - Association & Golf 2 to 5pm

Tuesdays – Association 2 to 5pm

Wednesday – Golf 2pm to 5pm

For more information please telephone Gillian Timms 01653-694595 or John Hurd 01751-472559.